2920 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001834.025599 -118.328005
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 11:30am - 9pm;Fri. - Sat. 11:30am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: South LA, Leimert Park
its good – wanting some cajun food this evening we stumbled on Harold and Bell's i must say it surprised us totally. The area didn't seem so good and was a bit aprehensive but as soon as we walked in the layout of the place was welcoming....we tried the fried chicken and hot louisiana sausage and they were delicious!!!
Good Food, Ok Service – I have been to Harold &Belles 3 times and on this last trip left with a bad taste in my mouth and not from the food. While waiting in the lobby for the rest of our party I noticed the popcorn ceiling that looked like it had not been cleaned in years along with the carpet. The staff is friendly, but very slow. After our orders were placed we had been sitting there for about 20 minutes when the waiter came over and realized we didn't have our salads. No big deal, but then one of our orders came out wrong. I can let this all go, because their food is the best Creole I have found so far in California, that is almost close to what I get in Baton Rouge/New Orleans. What bothered me so much was we have to wait because of slow service, but as soon as they had our money (after the check had to be updated because the waiter had printed it before we ordered dessert), the hostess asked our party to move to the lounge or bar. Basically they did not want us taking a table and maybe this is normal, but it's the first time it happened to me. Definitely rushed us out after the bill was paid. I don't know if this means they pay their wait staff minimum so they have to turn over tables fast for tips, but it's a bit on the rude side.
Love This Place – This has been a family favorite for a long time. This place has THEE BEST seafood for the Leimert park area.
AUTHENTIC CREOLE/CAJUN NEW ORLEANS FOOD!!! – This has to be the best NOLA food that comes closest to the real deal. I am from NOLA and I havent experienced this type of food since I lived there! The food was spectacular, the server was extremely helpful and kept my water and drink glass full the entire time I was there. Be careful with the breadsticks and soup, it will get you FULL!! The portions sizes are HUGE, so although it is pretty pricy, at least you are getting your bang for the buck (LOL) The food is delish AND you MUST try a dessert, although you may be STUFFED you have to try a dessert even if you take it to-go. I had the peach cobbler "to die for" awesome!!! The partking situation is not exactly a pro because there is a cost and the parking lot is very small. I had a great time and the overall experience was awesome!!!!
best in town – BEST FOOD IN LA AND WOULD BE TOP 5 IN NEW ORLEANS. WHEN I WAS IN NO I GAINED 200 POUNDS SO I'M A EXPERT ON NO/SOUL FOOD. BEST IN LA SOME PLACES YOU GO FOR BS SERVICE BUT THIS PLACES YOU GO FOR THE GREAT FOOD LIKE SOME GRAND MA THAT CAN SERIOSLY COOK THATS HNB NOTSOME NO COOKING PLAYBOY BUNNY.
Don't Pass the Salt – Maybe my hopes were too high for this place. My wife and I stopped in for lunch and she had the jambalaya, served with red beans and sausage, which consisted of a scoop of jambalaya over a big plate of red beans and two large sausages - twenty-two dollars. Although it was certainly authentic cajun/creole food, it was very salty, which maybe goes with the territory, I'm not exactly sure. But for that price I'm thinking it could have been more on the jambalaya/shrimp/cajun spices,etc, and less on the salt. All I know is my wife was not thrilled with it and I ended up eating most of it myself. I had the meatloaf sandwich -- also quite salty, but still decadent and tasty, which came with some very good fries; I devoured it. Obviously cajun/creole food is not meant to be healthy, I get that. But it is meant to have a medley of distinct flavors other than salt. There's probably other stuff on the menu I would enjoy more, maybe the chicken, ribs, or fish; not so sure I'll be back to find out (I know my wife won't). On the upside, our waiter was friendly and fast even though it was busy.
Great food, great service – I LOVE this restaurant!! Just returned on Sunday afternoon. I had no complaints about the service, our waitress was friendly and attentive and refilled our soft drinks when empty. The Southern fried chicken is the very best I've ever had--a half bird with thick, flavorful breading and juicy meat. YUM. Meals are served with a green salad (or clam chowder), cole slaw, french fries (or another choice), corn on the cob, and warm buttery garlic bread. You won't go hungry! It's the friendliest place around. It's just about the best restaurant around!
Great Food, Very Authentic, but VERY SLOW SERVICE – The food was very authentic but our server was slower than molasses. We were visiting Las Vegas for the weekend and decided to drive to LA just to try this restaurant. I was satisfied until I saw that the server maybe came by one time without having us flag her down. Every time we needed a water refill or requested another soda we had to flag her down. You would think that when it came time to pay the bill, she would have been "Johnny on the spot", nope. My husband had to get the bill and take it to her and stand there to ensure that she ran the credit card. I think this establishment needs to hire another type of staff; I noticed that other diners experienced the same type of service. I understand hiring individuals from the neighborhood to ensure jobs in the community but please make sure you hire the right individual.
I will definitely return when I go back to Vegas this year but hopefully some staff changes have been made and I don't experience the same type of slow service that I have in the past. Once again, GREAT AUTHENTIC FOOD, VERY SLOW SERVICE.
Food Recommendations: Gumbo, Spicy Sausage, Catfish (2 can dine off of one plate with this entree), PEACH COBBLER WAS AWESOME.
Poor Service, Food Quality has definitely changed – I took my mom to Harold & Belle's for her birthday. I have been here several times and usually love the food. This day the clam chowder tasted like cream of mushroom soup with a few clams dropped in. The jambalaya was horrible but the catfish was good. I pretty much could have fried fish at home though and opened up a box of Zatarin's for more flavorful Jambalaya. We all agreed that the quality of the food seems to have decreased. There was only one server in the restaurant along w/people cleaning tables and bringing water so of course everything took forever. The parking though is what sealed the deal for me. I pulled into the valet paking lot and the guy told me to pull forward into an available space. The lot was practically empty. Now he did not park my car or take my keys after I parked so when I left I went to my car and was about to leave. He ran up to me demanding the $3.50 valet fee. I wanted to know what I was paying him for when he neither parked my car nor brought it to me. He said that I should have parked on the street which I very well should have had I known they were so rude. Anyway, I responded again that he did not valet park my car. He took my license plate number and got on the phone to call the police on me. Now, I just want you all to know I did not cuss him out, threaten him or anything. My bill was well over $100, which was to be expected so the money was not at all an issue. I am a professional and am college educated so please dont' picture me as a trouble making chick causing drama over $3.50 because I definitely maintained a respectful demeanor the whole time. It is just that I have never supposedly, valet parked my car and still had my keys in my possession to go and get my car to leave at my leisure, so I did not see the sense in paying him a valet fee for a service I did not receive. This experience along with the fact that the food was not so great this time has made me decide never to patronize this restaurant again.
Harold & Belle's – I went there on Tuesday 5/13/08. The food was good and plentiful. Not my first time. A bit pricey for where it is located. The parking or shall i say no parking is less than desired. Three of us visited the restaurant. We took a visitor from another state. He like the chicken wing dinner but not the corn on the cob or the mashed potatoes, The other party found nothing special about the cajun spices. I liked my chicken and red & rice.
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